The Tale of a Teenage Boy
Okay guys, this write up came like a thunderbolt to me as I was asked to write something about my teenage years, I actually had to ask what years were the teenage years because I was not sure I had a teenage year. I have this feeling that I have been like this all my life but guess what; it’s a lie! I actually had those teenage years that formed who I am now.
Let me tell you a story; I came to the realization of myself when I was 10years old. I realized I was very shy, I had low self-esteem, my parents were broke compared to other kids especially my cousins. My parents didn’t allow me to go to the secondary school I wanted because “they were too exposed”. The secondary school was the almighty International School of Ibadan, popularly known as ISI. I really wanted to go to that school but as God would have it, I went to Command. It wasn’t a fantastic start but it was awesome at the end. So done with my first term of my first year in sec. school, my results weren’t bad but I was not close to the best, that scared myself and my parents. The first thing I had to do the next term was to find the best student in class and be his close friend. I did everything he did, go everywhere he went, comported myself the way he did and had the results he had. This strategy has helped me till today. If you want to be the best or among the best, then follow the best.
For me, I think knowing God from my childhood inspired my behavior, character, and attitude towards people, work, and life. My parents did all they could do as good parents guiding us by example and providing all the necessary environment to be a great teenage child. The turning point for me was in my first year in sec. school when I realized that I was actually a smart student only if I hung out with the smart guys and that built my self-esteem, I got to know that other kids and my cousins aren’t so smart after all. I believed that if I was exposed as they were in regards to traveling and reading, I would be great. The point here is to get knowledge and you would know you are powerful and smart. You are not different from the other kids having excellent results; you are just not as exposed as they are.
I was 14years old when I was chosen as the school time keeper, the position every student my age wanted because you have the opportunity to be popular and influential. Imagine the swags, going round the school and fine girls eyeing you from the class window, boys hailing you from the corners of their classes. It was such a cool experience, dictating the time a teacher should leave the class. It was awesome! That singular role taught me leadership as a teenage boy, it taught me responsibility. I still had my weaknesses; I was still shy and not outspoken. I really wished I was outspoken but then as my strategy has always been, I got close to outspoken students to do my speaking for me. Those that really influenced my life are my parents, who focused on my strengths and overlooked my weaknesses, a few teachers who really believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself, they saw something; they challenged me to be a better teenage boy. Lesson learned is that, surround yourself with persons who can motivate you, inspire you and challenge you to be a better teenage boy.
As a teenage boy, I have crushes **covers eye**; I had female friends I liked and cherished but thanks to God I never fell into any temptations. I stayed focused, the fear of the unknown kept me and my purity. I feared I could ruin my future and most importantly, I knew God. To overcome the sugar rush, stay glued to the goal. Always weigh the options and make the best decisions. Never forget to love, love is a beautiful thing.
Take this as I end my gist; if you would ask me what I missed as a teenager and would want to have if I could change the hands of time; I would tell you that I would play more, believe in myself more, and learn to explore the world to expand my mind. You have the chance to do them now, never miss this opportunity. You only have one teenage life, live it to the fullest.